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Rurouni Kenshin: The Movie (1997)

Rurôni Kenshin: Ishin shishi e no Requiem (original title)
Not Rated | | Animation, Action, Drama | 27 March 2001 (USA)
The war against the Tokugawa Shogunate ended years ago. But there are some who are not happy with the outcome. Takimi Shigure watched his friends and family get cut down in the name of ... See full summary »


Tsuji Hajiki


Nobuhiro Watsuki (story), Yukiyoshi Ôhashi (dramatization)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Mayo Suzukaze ... Kenshin Himura (voice)
Shanon Weaver ... Kenshin Himura (voice) (as J. Shanon Weaver)
Miki Fujitani ... Kaoru Kamiya (voice)
Judson Jones ... Shigure (voice) (as Judson L. Jones)
Kara Bliss ... Kaoru (voice)
Yûji Ueda ... Sanosuke Sagara (voice)
Gray G. Haddock ... Sanosuke (voice) (as Gary G. Haddock)
Mîna Tominaga ... Yahiko Myôjin (voice)
Shaneye Ferrell Shaneye Ferrell ... Toki (voice)
Derek Wade Derek Wade ... Yahiko (voice)
Ken Webster ... Saitou (voice)
Hirotaka Suzuoki ... Hajime Saitô (voice)
Clay Towery Clay Towery ... Kajiki (voice)
Bill Wise ... Tomono (voice)
Bill Harwell Bill Harwell ... Yamagata (voice)


The war against the Tokugawa Shogunate ended years ago. But there are some who are not happy with the outcome. Takimi Shigure watched his friends and family get cut down in the name of freedom and prosperity. Now he and a band of desperate rebels have sworn to settle one final score. Only one man stands in their way: Kenshin Himura. But when Shigure discovers Kenshin's true identity as the Hitokiri Battosai, his fight becomes a personal vendetta.

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samurai | scar | katana | sword | genocide | See All (45) »


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The USA DVD from ADV Films has a reversible cover. See more »


The scenes that show Kenshin as the Hitokiri Batosai in the beginning of the film and throughout the flashbacks is incorrect. Kenshin is shown with the full X shaped scar on his right cheek, even though Kenshin swore that he would stop killing after Rurouni Kenshin: Trust and Betrayal. See more »


Yahiko: [after seeing his dead friend] Musashino... Musashino! Musashino! Musashino! But... why?
Yahiko: My friend! Don't leave me!
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Crazy Credits

The DVD from ADV Films replaced the original Japanese title card to read: 'Samurai X: The Motion Picture'. See more »

Alternate Versions

On the USA DVD from ADV Films, there are English overlays on top of the original Japanese credits and locations in the film, also, there is a "Samurai X: Requiem For the Meiji Restoration Patriots" overlay title card over the original Japanese "Rurouni Kenshin" title card. The Japanese ending credits have been replaced with English credits and the song lyrics have forced subtitles. See more »


Followed by Rurouni Kenshin: Reflection (2001) See more »


Performed by L'Arc-en-Ciel
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Admiration to a great animated feature
24 August 1999 | by ssstudioSee all my reviews

The americans may made animation commercial, but the japanese made it right. As a great addition to the Rurouni Kenshin series.

Rurouni Kenshin in itself is one of the best japanese animation series ever, combining history, adventure and awe-inspiring animation. The movie is also the same.

Kenshin meets a former assassin like himself and befriends him. Later, he realizes how different their paths were taken after they "retired". The showdown at the end is worth the movie. Fans will not be disappointed since most of their favorite characters will make an appearance.

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Release Date:

27 March 2001 (USA) See more »

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